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Obama agenda: NIMBY always rules

"The Obama administration said yesterday it would consider local opposition when deciding where to hold the Sept. 11 trials and pledged to seek swift justice for the professed mastermind of the attacks," AP writes.

"Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran," The Guardian writes. "The deployment comes after Obama's attempts to emphasize diplomacy over confrontation in dealing with Iran -- a contrast to the Bush administration's approach -- have failed to persuade Tehran to open its nuclear installations to international controls. Washington is also concerned at the threat of action by Israel, which is predicting that Iran will be able to build a nuclear missile within a year, a much faster timetable than assessed by the US, and is warning that it will not let Tehran come close to completion if diplomacy fails. The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, met the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and other senior officials in Jerusalem last week to discuss Iran."

The Los Angeles Times: "The decision to advise the accused Christmas Day attacker of his right to remain silent was made after teleconferences involving at least four government agencies -- and only after Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab had stopped talking to authorities, according to knowledgeable law enforcement officials."